Wednesday, February 18, 2015

0 Mt. Maculot – Rockies – Grotto Traverse

We already climbed the famous Rockies in Mount Maculot. We’ve done it by twin day hike; Rockies and Manabu Peak. Maculot has three destinations: 1) the Rockies, 2) Summit, and 3) Grotto. Most hikers are just stop at the Rockies only and few people will pursue the traverse. But, that’s my group is going to do. We will explore the forested side of the mountain.

The mountain is about 930 meters above sea level. The trail to the summit is easy and mostly forested. From the Rockies, it takes only an hour to reach the summit. And, at the summit, one can see the Rockies surrounded by waters of Taal Lake and Taal volcano is also visible here. However, there are some part of the trail that is overgrown, but don’t worry because it is not difficult to follow.

From the summit, we go down and follow the trail that leads to Grotto. This part is quite steep and there are some parts that one used rope on the descent. The forest ends where the Grotto appears and just follows the station of the cross to downward until reach the end of the trail. 

Overall, climbing Mt. Maculot traverse is a very easy and wonderful experience to share to your friends and co-hikers. The view is stunning especially if the cloud is so clear! It can be combined for a twin day hike with Manabu Peak. 



Itinerary
04:00AM – Meet up
05:30AM – Ride a bus bound to Cuenca, Batangas (signboard Lemery)
07:30AM – Arrived at Cuenca, ride a tricycle to jump-off, registration 
08:00AM – Start trek
09:45AM – Campsite
10:00AM – Rockies
11:00AM – Trek from Rockies to Summit
12:00NN – Summit
12:15PM – Trek to Grotto
02:00PM – Arrived Grotto (Our Lady of Lourdes)
02:30PM – Jump-off, rest, freshen up
03:00PM – Back to Lipa City
05:30PM – Manila bound

Expense:
147Php each – Bus
20Php each – Tricycle
334Php each – Guide Fee ( 1000Php for Traverse)

How to get there?
Take a bus (Cubao/Pasay) bound to Lemery, Batangas and drop off Cuenca. Then, ride a tricycle going to Registration booth and get a guide (required).

More photos, click >>> Here!

Happy Hiking!
Marco

Thursday, February 12, 2015

0 Ideal Gift For a Romantic Valentine's Day

Are you thinking the best gift for your love ones? Do you want a romantic gift for someone you love dearly? Or you’re thinking what to buy or plan for a romantic gift? 

Ok, here’s my top ideal gift for Valentine’s Day:

SHOW TICKETS
If she love concert shows, buy tickets for show for two, whether it's a concert, Opera, play or a romantic movie that she loves – brings you closer.

BOOK
If your girlfriend is a bookworm. Then, tt can be reflective and staff if you can buy a new novel that she has been dying to read.

SCRAPBOOK
You must think of what is the theme do scrapbook. Have patience, effort, and to be creative to make one. The best thing to do is to aggregate all your photos together … If you travel in the city and travel the country together. It collects and put it into your scrapbook and makes some notes on each image or adds your own poetic feelings. This is very personal and your significant other will surely love it!

JEWELRY
All women like jewelry, but not all of them love all the jewelries. Some of them do not wear any jewelry either. If she does not wear jewelry, so don't waste any one of your own money. I think the best thing to do is listening to your other-half what she likes. However, if your partner loves jewelry, then go. 

And, if you are planning to propose to your girlfriend, then this is a perfect season to get a jewelry and propose to her during sunset. It’s indeed very passionate!

A WEEKEND GETAWAY
I know that most women love surprises. Thus, if you have a budget, think of this as the best place to visit or where she wanted to go. A weekend requires some research and efforts. Organize a trip for you and your partner can be a relaxation. Taking a romantic theme goes here, she likes candlelight dinner with music playing, ordering room service to take a spa or massage and watching the sunset together. Oh, guys, it's very romantic.

I hope you can get an idea of what I have posted here. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Enjoy! Be a romantic! :)

Friday, February 6, 2015

2 2015 Panagbenga Festival Schedule of Activities

The festival gets the name from a Kankanaey term, it means “a season for blossoming,” that’s why; it is also called the Flower Festival. It is also the biggest festival in the northern region that features street dance and flower float competitions.

Here’s the schedule of Activities:

February 1, 2015: 

Opening Ceremonies and Street Dancing Parade Competition
(Drum and Lyre Dance Competition – Elementary Division)
Locations: Panagbenga Park, Session Road, Harrison Road, Baguio Athletic Bowl

Opening Concert
Location: To Be Announced

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

February 2 – 14, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

February 15, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Handong ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio
Location: Melvin Jones

Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom
Location: Melvin Jones

Panagbenga 2015 Kite-Flying Challenge
Location: Melvin Jones

Panagbenga Variety Show
Location: Melvin Jones

Fireworks Display
Location: Melvin Jones

February 16 – 18, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

February 19, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Chinese Spring Festival
Location: City-wide

February 19 – 22, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

PMA Grand Alumni Home Coming
Location: Philippine Military Academy, Loakan Road

February 23 – 27, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Floral Arrangement Competition and School-based Landscaping Competitiong (Judging)
Location: Elementary and Highschools in Baguio City

February 28, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Grand Street Dancing Parade
Locations: Panagbenga Park, Session Road, Harrison Road, Athletic Bowl

Sponsors’and Exhibitors’ Day
Location: Athletic Bowl

March 1 , 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Grand Float Parade
Locations: DILG, Session Road, Harrison Road, Athletic Bowl

Sponsors’and Exhibitors’ Day
Location: Athletic Bowl

Session Road in Bloom
Location: Session Road

March 2 – 6, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Session Road in Bloom
Location: Session Road

March 7, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Session Road in Bloom
Location: Session Road

Pony Boys’ Day
Location: Athletic Bowl

March 8, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Session Road in Bloom
Location: Session Road

Panagbenga Closing Ceremonies and Grand Fireworks Display
Locations: Athletic Bowl and various areas in Baguio’s (Central Business District) CBD

See you there!!! Enjoy!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

0 2015 - 6TH Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

Philippine International Pyromusical Competition is an annual event will shows the spectacular lights and colors, held at SM Mall of Asia.

Here's the schedule and list of participating countries:

February 07, 2015
Philippines – Platinum Firework, Inc.
Japan – Akariya Fireworks

February 14, 2015
Italy – Marterello Group
Brazil – Vision Show

February 21, 2015
Mexico – Sirius Pyrotechnics
The Netherlands – Royal Fireworks

February 28, 2015
Portugal – Grupo Luso
Sweden – Goteborgs FyrverkeriFabrik

March 07, 2015
Canada – Royal Pyrotechnie
United Kingdom – Jubilee Fireworks

March 14, 2015
China – Polaris Fireworks
Philippines – Platinum Fireworks, Inc.

***Note: Show start at 7:30PM

Pyromusical Ticket Prices:
Silver – 100Php
Gold – 300Php
VIP – 500Php
Patron with Dinner – 1,500Php


Where to get Pyromusical Tickets?

  • www.pyrophilippines.com

Contact Person: Mr. Dave Santos
Contact Number: (63) 917-958-8100
Email add: pipticketing@yahoo.com

  • www.smtickets.com Tel. No.: (02) 470-222
  • www.ticketnet.com.ph Tel. No.: (02) 911-5555
  • www.ticketworld.com.ph Tel. No.: (02) 891-9999
See you there!!! :)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

2 Mt. Purgatory Mangisi Traverse

I’ve received an email from my office mate and she invites us to climb a mountain in Bokod, Benguet. The invitational photo was posted to my group page and they’re interested to join. So, Jeff will be the one who will communicate the contact person of the event.

Mt. Purgatory Mangisi traverse -sounds scary, right? I have no idea what this mountain can offer. But, the name itself is fascinating and it seems like you will be travelling to a place where you didn’t know if it will end up either to heaven or to hell. As for me, I didn’t feel anything, but excitement to climb those mountains. I miss hiking, indeed!

Leaving Manila on a Friday night and arrived Baguio City at dawn on the following day. Then, we went to Department of Tourism Baguio City for registration and briefing before heading to jump off point in Japas. All participants are getting ready and at exactly five o’clock in the morning the chartered jeepney are bound to Bokod, Benguet. After an hour, we had our breakfast at Adonot, Ambuklao. Then, we decide to go on top of the car to see the view while hitting on the road going to Mangagew. The view is perfect!

Three hours after, we’re now at the jump off. But, before we start, the organizer of the event were given an orientation about the traverse; what the mountains can offer, what to expect on the trail, how long the trek will be, do’s and don’ts. These events are organized and administered by the Association of Bokod Adventure Ecoguides or ABADEG. The illustration below is the map of the entire traverse.

The trail is officially started at ten o’clock. The first part of the trail is open and wide, but it is mostly ascending. Pine trees are visible on the trail and the roads are established enough and have enabled to jeep to pass through. After maybe about five kilometres, the trail will change into a mossy forest, and become a bit steep.

We have a quick lunch on the trail and then, more than two kilometres we reached the peak of Mt. Pack, it is about 2290 meter above sea level. The trail goes on through the mossy forest even though, it was really exhausting and time seems endless, but the scenery is captivating to keep going. Two to three hours after, we arrived at Mt. Purgatory that is 2080m.

From Purgatory, another three hours trekking to Tangbao Campsite where we can build our tent and finally, passing through Bakian Elementary School. The group arrived at the campsite at exactly six o’clock in the evening. We immediately fix our tent and get some rest. Then, dinner and socials! Locals dances the “katutubong sayaw” while all participants having dinner.

We woke up early in the morning on the second day of Mt. Purgatory Traverse and having coffee with the group and enjoying the cold weather, though the sun is already up. We’re heading to Mt. Komkompol, is about 2329m, after all things are packed up. It is the final peak in the range. It was really cold!  From the topmost, this time, the trail is mostly pine trees and the path is also well-established throughout the entire traverse.

We had our lunch at Ekip Barangay Hall and the foods are ginisang repolyo, and fried native chicken. The first batch will start descending and my group will follow after an hour. We will walk about four to five kilometres through a rough road to the jeepney pick up point which will take us back to Bokod proper.

As part of the events, certificates are given to all mountaineers who joined the events and the locals have dance presentation featuring the three-ethno linguistic groups of Bokod (Ibaloi, Karao, and Kalanguya).

In all, though I admit that it was very tiring due to the long hike, but I have enjoyed the view and the scenery from the start until the end. In fact, we had so much fun!

ITINERARY
Day 0
09:00PM – Assembly time Victory Liner Cubao
10:00PM – Bus Depart bound to Baguio City
Day 01
04:00AM – Arrived at Victory Liner Baguio
04:30AM – Registration at DOT Baguio City
05:00AM – Jeep departure bound
06:00AM – Breakfast
06:30AM – Bound to jump off point
09:30AM – Arrived at jump off point then, preparation and briefing
10:00AM – Start trekking
12:00PM – Lunch
01:00PM –Mt. Pack summit
03:00PM – Mt. Purgatory summit
06:00PM – Arrived at camp site, dinner, and then, watch katutubong sayaw with the locals
08:00PM – Rest
Day 02
06:00AM – Breakfast, picture taking
08:30AM – Start trekking
09:30AM – Mt. Kom-kompol View Point, snacks
12:30PM – Lunch at Ekip
02:30PM – Jump off, clean up
04:30PM – Arrival at Bokod Municipal Hall for closing program
06:00PM – Back to Baguio
08:00PM – Manila bound
The Participants
More photos, click >>> here

Happy hiking!

-Marco
 
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